Common Oat
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Common Oat
ntroduced Photo: Gurcharan Singh
Common name: Common Oat
Botanical name: Avena sativa    Family: Poaceae (Grass family)

Common Oat is an erect tufted annual grass, up to 1.2 m tall. Stems are smooth or scabrous beneath the panicle. Leaves are 15-30 cm long, 0.6–1.2 cm wide, sheaths long and loose. Flowers are borne in panicle at the top, 15-30 cm long. Spikelets are usually 2-flowered, to 2.5 cm long, slender- pedicelled; glumes, several-nerved; lemma glabrous, teeth acute, dorsal awn absent or 1 to a floret, short; kernel 0.6–0.8 cm long, narrow, with nearly parallel sides, hairy, grooved lengthwise on the face,tightly enclosed.

Identification credit: Gurcharan Singh
Photographed in Delhi.
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